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Welcome to the world of truly affordable embroidery, with the exciting new PE500 embroidery machine from Brother! The feature-rich, easy-to-use PE500 embroidery-only machine comes with top-of-the-line features, typically found in more expensive machines, which help make embroidery fun and easy. Whether you are a sewer interested in trying your hand at embroidery for the first time, a crafter looking for a new challenge, or an advanced embroiderer looking for a unit to carry to a make & take, the PE500 is perfect for you! Use it to recycle clothing by adding new, fashionable embellishments! Turn everyday pillows and blankets into customized gifts for friends and family. With the PE500, the options are virtually limitless. With computer connectivity, you can also import .pes designs from your PC, or import designs purchased from www.ibroidery.com and other web sites.
  • 4"x4" embroidery area - Ample work space for virtually any project
  • Built-in designs - 70 designs, 5 font styles for lettering and monogramming, and 120 frame pattern combinations
  • Easy-to-use, backlit LCD touch screen display - Access and edit built-in designs, view tutorials, and more
  • Easy threading - The automatic needle threader threads the needle with the press of a button
  • Computer connectivity - Import designs and download machine updates from Brother
  • Wide range of accessories, including 3 spools of embroidery thread and 3 medium-weight stabilizer sheets
  • iBroidery.com compatible: Choose from thousands of licensed and limited edition, downloadable designs, available for purchase on www.ibroidery.com
Basic Features back to top
LCD Size (Horizontal x Vertical) inches 2.7 x 1.4
Display (Number of Colors) Monochrome
Stitch Select Touch Panel
Screensaver No
Opening Screen Yes
On-Screen Help Yes
Built-in Languages Yes
On-Screen Editing Yes
Lighting 1 LED
Needle Threading System Advanced
Thread Tension Manual
Easy Bobbin Winding Yes
Adjustable Bobbin Winding Speed Yes
Thread Sensor Upper and Bobbin
Thread Sensor On/Off No
Automatic Thread Cutter Yes
Quick-Set™ Bobbin Yes
Full USB No
Computer Connectivity with Update Capability Yes
Mouse Capability by USB No
Media Type Embroidery Card

Embroidery Features back to top
Maximum Embroidery Area (X x Y) 4" x 4"
Maximum Embroidery Speed (Stitches Per Minute) 400
Built-in Embroidery Designs (Non-License) 70
Built-in Frame Designs 10 Shapes x 12 Stitch Patterns
Trial Position/Layout Function Yes
Pattern Rotating 1, 10, or 90 Degrees
Compatible with Brother Embroidery Software Yes
Software Upgrades Yes
iBroidery®.com - Ready Yes

Carton Contents back to top
Accessory Storage Yes
Carrying Case No
Included Accessory Feet Embroidery foot
Table No
Other Included Accessories 3 spools embroidery thread, 3 sheets of medium-weight stabilizer, embroidery arm, accessory bag with seam ripper, needle set, cleaning brush, screwdrivers (2), touch pen, spool caps (3), scissors, embroidery bobbin thread, bobbins (3), USB cable, power cord, English/Spanish operation manual
Included Embroidery Hoops 1 (4" x 4") Additional hoops may be available, please see Optional Accessories

Warranty 25 year limited warranty
UPC Code 012502631361
Machine Dimensions (H x W x D) 10.94" x 6.89" x 15.55"
Machine Weight 18.1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions (H x W x D) 15.15" x 17.71" x 20.27"
Shipping Weight 22.5 lbs
UL/CSA Listed Yes, 110v

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SA503 10 Spool Thread Stand

Genuine Brother® Accessory. Thread stand conveniently holds up to 10 spools of thread of varying sizes. Each thread has its own thread guide to deliver thread smoothly to the machine. Thread locking system keeps loose ends in place when not in use. 10 Spool Thread Stand stands behind the machine.

SA740 40 Color Embroidery Thread Set

SAEBT999 Genuine Brother® Accessory
Black Embroidery Bobbin Thread - 60 weight

1100 m black bobbin thread
60 weight machine embroidery bobbin thread gauged for Brother® machine embroidery tension
Strong, smooth and perfectly balanced to the needle thread
5 spools per box

MTPK14 Metallic Thread Pack - 14 colors

14 Amazing metallic colors, 100% polyester specialty thread, high quality, durable, shiny texture. Developed in Japan for Brother embroidery machines and compatible with other embroidery machine brands. Designed for high speed embroidery stitching, dependable thread delivery through tensions and variety of needle and stabilizer types. Maintains its thread color beauty and quality even in the most intricate designs. 300 meters (328 yards) per spool. Select colors also available in single-color thread packs (sold in a 5-Pack sleeve).

MT986 Metallic Thread Spool 300 m (328 yrd) - 5 pk sleeve - COPPER

Amazing metallic color, 100% polyester specialty thread, high quality, durable, shiny texture. Developed in Japan for Brother embroidery machines and compatible with other embroidery machine brands. Designed for high speed embroidery stitching, dependable thread delivery through tensions and variety of needle and stabilizer types. Maintains its thread color beauty and quality even in the most intricate designs. 300 meters (328 yards) per spool. Sold in a 5-Pack sleeve.

MT998 Metallic Thread Spool 300 m (328 yrd) - 5 pk sleeve - DARK GOLD

Amazing metallic color, 100% polyester specialty thread, high quality, durable, shiny texture. Developed in Japan for Brother embroidery machines and compatible with other embroidery machine brands. Designed for high speed embroidery stitching, dependable thread delivery through tensions and variety of needle and stabilizer types. Maintains its thread color beauty and quality even in the most intricate designs. 300 meters (328 yards) per spool. Sold in a 5-Pack sleeve.

MT994 Metallic Thread Spool 300 m (328 yrd) - 5 pk sleeve - DARK GREEN

Amazing metallic color, 100% polyester specialty thread, high quality, durable, shiny texture. Developed in Japan for Brother embroidery machines and compatible with other embroidery machine brands. Designed for high speed embroidery stitching, dependable thread delivery through tensions and variety of needle and stabilizer types. Maintains its thread color beauty and quality even in the most intricate designs. 300 meters (328 yards) per spool. Sold in a 5-Pack sleeve.

MT996 Metallic Thread Spool 300 m (328 yrd) - 5 pk sleeve - DARK SILVER

Amazing metallic color, 100% polyester specialty thread, high quality, durable, shiny texture. Developed in Japan for Brother embroidery machines and compatible with other embroidery machine brands. Designed for high speed embroidery stitching, dependable thread delivery through tensions and variety of needle and stabilizer types. Maintains its thread color beauty and quality even in the most intricate designs. 300 meters (328 yards) per spool. Sold in a 5-Pack sleeve.

MT997 Metallic Thread Spool 300 m (328 yrd) - 5 pk sleeve - LIGHT SILVER

Amazing metallic color, 100% polyester specialty thread, high quality, durable, shiny texture. Developed in Japan for Brother embroidery machines and compatible with other embroidery machine brands. Designed for high speed embroidery stitching, dependable thread delivery through tensions and variety of needle and stabilizer types. Maintains its thread color beauty and quality even in the most intricate designs. 300 meters (328 yards) per spool. Sold in a 5-Pack sleeve.

MT993 Metallic Thread Spool 300 m (328 yrd) - 5 pk sleeve - RED

Amazing metallic color, 100% polyester specialty thread, high quality, durable, shiny texture. Developed in Japan for Brother embroidery machines and compatible with other embroidery machine brands. Designed for high speed embroidery stitching, dependable thread delivery through tensions and variety of needle and stabilizer types. Maintains its thread color beauty and quality even in the most intricate designs. 300 meters (328 yards) per spool. Sold in a 5-Pack sleeve.

EFT10PKG Premium Embroidery Fleshtone Thread

This top-of-the-line thread is perfect for use with the PR-DESIGN® Photostitch™ feature or any portrait. Specially designed and tested with Brother™ Sewing Machines, this 40-weight premium quality, durable thread offers 10 different flesh tones colors to match all skin types. Each spool contains 600 yards of double snap thread. Now you can create beautiful embroidery projects from all your favorite portraits!

PWB250B Pre-wound Black Embroidery Bobbin Thread

Genuine Brother® Accessory. For machine embroidery. 105 yards. 60 weight. 11.5 clear bobbin size. 1 ten-pack.

PWB250 Pre-wound White Embroidery Bobbin Thread

Genuine Brother® Accessory. For machine embroidery. 105 yards. 60 weight. 11.5 clear bobbin size.1 ten-pack.

SAEBT White Embroidery Bobbin Thread - 60 weight

Genuine Brother® Accessory. 1100 m white bobbin thread. 60 weight. Gauged for Brother® machine embroidery tension. Strong, smooth and perfectly balanced to the needle thread. 5 spools per box.

EBTPE White Embroidery Bobbin Thread - 90 weight

Genuine Brother® Accessory. White bobbin thread ideal for Brother® manufactured embroidery machines only. 1000 mm white bobbin thread. Gauged for Brother® machine embroidery tension. 5 spools per box.


SA530 Center Placement Ruler

The SA530 Center/ Placement Ruler is a must have for your sewing, crafting, quilting and embroidery! Locate and mark centers of pockets and more in a snap. The Center/ Placement Ruler has open circles every 1/2" for ease in marking fabric for placements. GREAT for creating or marking circles or arcs. This flexible see through ruler fits into an embroidery hoop for easy measuring and marking.

SA529 Embroidery Unit Case

Store the embroidery arm of your machine in this custom molded case along with hoops, threads, accessories and cords.

SASCISSKIT Scissor Kit

This kit includes 6 high quality scissors, designed for precision cutting for a range of sewing and embroidery uses. Includes: 4" Large Ring Micro Tip, 4" Large Ring Curved Tip, 6" Double Curved Machine Embroidery Scissors, 4.5" Angled Tweezers, 6" Straight/Sharp Trimming Scissors, and 4.5" Micro Serrated Curved Snip.


SAHNGCOMBO Embroidery Jump Start Kit 4

Whether you are a novice or a professional embroiderer, this kit will meet the challenges of placement and hooping of many traditional and unique items. Embroidery designs can be precisely positioned using the measuring and placement tools, and then easily hooped using the unique hoops. Includes In the Hoop™ Tool Kit, Perfect Placement Kit, Embroidery Tool Kit™, Hoop & Go Kit CD for Brother™, Brother™ embroidery thread pack (SAEP706) For use with: Duetta® 4500D, Innov-is 2800D, 2500D, 1250D, 1200, 1000, 950D; PE780D, PE770, PE500, SB7050E, SE400, SE350, LB6800PRW, LB6770PRW

SA434 Genuine Brother® Accessory
Large Hoop 6 ¾ x 4 inches

Create extra large designs without repositioning your fabric. Combine several small designs to create a larger design. No need to rehoop. Clear grid notched for accurate placement of embroidery designs. Markings on hoop for easy reference.

SA432 Genuine Brother® Accessory
Medium Hoop 4x4 inch embroidey area

Embroidery hoop for most popular motif sizes. Perfect for left chest embroidery. Clear grid notched for accurate placement of embroidery designs. Markings on hoop for easy reference.

SA431 Genuine Brother® Accessory
Small Hoop 2 x 1 1/2 inches

Embroidery hoop for monograms for collars and cuffs. Adjustment screw for securing a wide variety of fabric thicknesses in the hoop. Clear grid notched for accurate placement of embroidery designs. Markings on hoop for easy reference.

SA5818 Pacesetter® Heavyweight Tear-Away Stabilizer Roll 15" x 10 yds (38.1cm x 9.14m)

Perfect for tear-away projects that are either heavy or light weight that require stability. Excellent for shirts, nylon jackets, leathers, cotton, blouses, neckties, sheets or pillow cases.

SA5929 Pacesetter® Heavyweight Cut-Away Stabilizer Roll 15" x 10 yds (38.1cm x 9.14m)

For medium to high density stitching. The backbone of most embroidery applications. Excellent for Fleece, Jersey and Pique Knits and Lycra. Provides maximum stability (such as stretchy material) and needle control.

SA541 Pacesetter® Lightweight Water Soluble Stabilizer Roll 15" x 6 yds (38.1cm x 5.49 m)

Great for embroidery backing or topping. Excellent for towels, free-standing lace, Jersey knit shirts, pique and Lycra.Designed to not perforate unlike film products. Excellent for high stitch counts without separating. Ideal for invisible needle turn appliqué and scarves made out of thread and yarns. Ideal for invisible needle turn appliqué and scarves made out of thread and yarns. Ideal for buttonhole making. Safely write on stabilizer with a water-soluble pen.

SA5931 Pacesetter® Medium Weight Fusible Cut-Away Stabilizer Roll 15" x 10 yds (38.1cm x 9.14m)

Great alternative to spray adhesives. Flesh toned stabilizer reduces show-through on light fabrics. Provides permanent stability for stretchy fabrics without adding bulk. Ideal tool to use on any fabric that is not heat sensitive. Excellent choice for all lightweight knits and light colored fabrics. Made to be washed with the garment.

SA5815 Pacesetter® Medium Weight Tear-Away Adhesive Stabilizer Roll 15" x 10 yds (38.1cm x 9.14m)

Adheres to fabrics with minimal adhesive transfer to garment or needle. Great for hard to hoop items, such as towels with a high loft, collars, napkin corners. Excellent for hard to hoop fabrics such as velvet, satin, leather, velveteen, and ultra-suede.

SA5810 Pacesetter® Medium Weight Tear-Away Stabilizer Roll 15" x 10 yds (38.1cm x 9.14m)

Perfect for tear-away projects that are either heavy or light weight that require stability. Excellent for shirts, nylon jackets, leathers, cotton, blouses, neckties, sheets or pillow cases.

SA540 Pacesetter® Lightweight Water Soluble Stabilizer Roll 15" x 25 yds (38.1cm x 22.8m)

Great for embroidery backing or topping. Excellent for towels, free-standing lace, Jersey knit shirts, pique and Lycra. Designed to not perforate unlike film products. Excellent for high stitch counts without separating. Ideal for invisible needle turn appliqué and scarves made out of thread and yarns. Ideal for invisible needle turn appliqué and scarves made out of thread and yarns. Ideal for buttonhole making. Safely write on stabilizer with a water-soluble pen.

SA520 Stabilizer Roll, lightweight, water soluble, 3.2yds

Genuine Brother® Accessory. Lightweight water soluble stabilizer provides stable surface while embroidering and/or can be used as a topper. Washes away with warm water. Clear color makes this stabilizer perfect for lace ornaments.

SA519 Stabilizer Sheets, medium-weight, iron-on backing, 3 11"x12" sheets

Genuine Brother® Accessory. 3 pieces included. Iron on stablizer provides a stable surface for machine embroidery. Easy to remove for repositioning. White paper fiber.


SABESLET2 BES® Embroidery Lettering Software 2

Compatible with the most popular embroidery machines and embroidery software, BES® Embroidery Lettering Software 2 offers lettering, monogramming and appliqué functionality for all skill levels, with a user-friendly, graphical interface. Featuring over 170 built-in pre-digitized fonts, 227 built-in resizable designs, name drop lettering, and exceptional customization and editing capabilities.

ELS1 ELS™ Embroidery Lettering Software

Compatible with the most popular brands of embroidery machines and software, our new ELS™ Embroidery Lettering Software has an easy-to use workspace with convenient icons making it ideal for first-time lettering software users. Featuring 20 built-in pre-digitized fonts, 5 monogram styles, 40+ decorative monogram frames, 3 built-in text styles and 14 decorative fill patterns.

PED-BASIC For Downloading Embroidery Designs.

PED Basic® allows you to apply simple editing operations to embroidery data (.pes and .pen files) created with our embroidery design software and to write the designs to original cards. PES and PEN files can also be purchased or obtained from the internet. PEN files are encrypted files that are purchased from www.iBroidery.com. Free update for original version can be found at www.brother-usa.com. Version 1.07 is necessary for PEN file recognition.

SAVRPLUSUP PE-Design Plus to Next

You can now easily enjoy all of the enhanced features of PE-DESIGN® NEXT by upgrading your existing software with the PE-DESIGN® PLUS upgrade.

PEDESIGNNEXT PE-DESIGN® NEXT Personal Embroidery Design Software System

PE-DESIGN® NEXT takes digitizing and embroidery to the next level of creativity with exceptional new features. A user-friendly graphical interface, similar to many software programs on the market today, makes it easy to locate and select the dynamic functions of this software. Several “Start Your Own Business” functions have been added such as the new PE-DESIGN® NEXT Link Function, the lettering and design template feature, which provide the ability to create perfectly sized logos with lettering and designs, and the new Name Drop Template feature. Many other exciting features such as enhanced lettering, more stitch and pattern variations and more built-in fonts have been added to make your digitizing and lettering projects a breeze.

PEDESIGNPLUS PE-DESIGN® Plus

PE-DESIGN® Plus is an affordable embroidery design and editing software for all embroidery machine owners. The advanced user-friendly graphical interface makes using this program as intuitive as using most popular computer-based programs. Some items that make this software a must-have include easy-to-identify program function icons, the ability to customize your favorite options on the toolbar, a built-in sewing simulator and the capability to edit your embroidery while viewing a realistic image of it.


SA156 Bobbins, clear plastic, 10-pack, 11.5 size


High Quality Clear Plastic Bobbins
7/16 inch deep
Security notch for consistent bobbin thread winding
10 bobbins per pack

SABWRK1 Innov-ís Bobbin Work Kit

Add impressive stitching to your projects with our new adjustable bobbin case for Bobbin Work which allows you to use a variety of decorative threads and ribbons in your creations. Use the new bobbin case to create reverse “upside down” sewing with specialty threads that don’t fit through the eye of the needle, and experience the delight when you turn the fabric over to see the raised 3D stitches you have added to your creation. The kit includes 20 free-motion design templates (.pdf data), bobbin case for Bobbin Work, specialty thread bobbin cover, small screwdriver and Instructional CD-Rom. Compatible with most Brother® Innov-ís Sewing and Embroidery Machines.

SAEU1 3D Lace Embellishment Kit

Create stunning, 3-dimensional embellishments for crafting, gifts, home décor and more with the 3D Lace Embellishment embroidery design kit. This inspiring kit includes fifty-five beautiful embroidery designs on a USB memory stick, and easy-to-follow, visual instructions to make sixteen projects using these designs. The .PES files are ready for Brother machines and may be converted to other embroidery formats with most embroidery software. Creating your custom embellishments is easy – simply embroider your selected designs onto water-soluble stabilizer using your choice of embroidery thread, rinse to remove the stabilizer, and follow the instructions to sew the finished pieces together.

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SA309 Blank 4 Megabit Card

Blank 4 Megabit Memory Card for PE-DESIGN 5.0 and up (including PED Basic)

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SA298 Memory Card No. 1 – Alphabet

A classic card perfect for monogramming your next project! Choose from a variety of fonts offered in various sizes. Many of the fonts offer two cases, punctuation and numerical motifs. All fonts can be placed with the provide crests for a designer look. Tip: To eliminate the date shown on a crest...stop the machine when you get to this area during the embroidery process. Use the Layout function on the machine to "step ahead" stitch by stitch until you are passed the date. Press the START button to continue. Because of the wide variety of embroidery machines made by Brother the process may vary from model to model. Consult your instruction manual for more instruction.

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SAEU8 SAEU8 Cutwork Style Collection

Create elegant, cutwork-like lace embellishments with this unique collection of forty-five embroidery designs. Perfect for adding a custom touch to linens, clothing, crafts, and more! Included are 10 traditional cutwork designs, 8 color cutwork designs, 26 monogramming character designs, and 1 frame pattern, all in .pes files. The .PES files are ready for Brother machines and may be converted to other embroidery formats with most embroidery software. Includes USB stick containing 45 embroidery designs; 39 designs for use with a 4”x4” hoop, and 6 designs for a 5”x7” hoop.

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SA324D Disney/Pixar "Cars" Volume 2

Your favorite cars in true form! The second volume of Brother's licensed embroidery designs features the lovable, high-octane characters from the Disney/Pixar film "Cars". The "Cars" Volume 2 Embroidery Design Card contains 20 designs of the popular car characters including colorful images of Lightning McQueen, Sally, Mater and Doc Hudson. The designs are perfect for creative consumers who want to decorate or embellish jeans, backpacks, pillows, quilts and more. The card is compatible only with Brother-branded home embroidery machines bearing the Disney nameplate.

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6 of 7 people would recommend this product.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5
LOVE IT
November 2, 2013
By BJdaWonderKid
My husband got me my PE500 as a late birthday gift, early Christmas gift last year. It was easy to set up and easy to use. Have had very little issues with it. I was smart and got extra bobbins, which was good as the bobbins wear out fast if you use it a lot. Any other issues I have had, was not the machine, but was honestly user error.
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Overall Rating: 2 out of 5
May 13, 2013
By Jessica
I was so excited to get started using my machine. It was easy to get started and easy to download fonts that I love. The first few projects went really well. Then my machine started jamming. No matter how many times I clean or change the bobbin, re-thread, or change the needle, it continues to jam. I've ruined more items than it's worth. I really didn't want to give up on it, but I've spent way too many hours trying to fix something that should be simple.
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Overall Rating: 5 out of 5
PE500 Embroidery Machine Great Purchase
April 13, 2013
By Bobbie from Idaho
I have had my PE500 Embroidery Machine just a short time; however, I have had no trouble downloading new designs from the websites and learning the magic of Embroidery by machine. It is an easy learn and has already given me much satisfaction with my purchase. It is a good investment and I look forward to all the things that I can do with it.
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